Kuwait scored an emphatic 7-0 victory over Nepal in their opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers at Kuwait Sports Club Stadium on Thursday.
The 1980 AFC Asian Cup winners were returning to the Qualifiers after five years, having missed out on the 2019 qualifying campaign following their suspension by FIFA.
The hosts needed less than six minutes to take the lead. Abdullah Al Mutairi advanced down the right and squared for Yousef Naser who buried the ball into the roof of the net.
Fahad Al Hajeri doubled Kuwait's advantage 12 minutes in. The centre-back rose highest at the far post to head Faisal Al Harbi's in-swinging corner just over the line, making it 2-0.
Al Mutairi and Naser combined again four minutes after the restart to compound Nepal's struggles. Again, it was the winger who delivered the cross from the right and Naser guided his free header into the back of the net for his second of the night and his sides third.
Kuwait's right wing continued to be their most prominent source of danger and Al Mutairi this time turned from provider to scorer. The number eight latched onto a long pass, outpaced his marker and coolly lobbed the goalkeeper, adding a fourth Kuwaiti goal just before the hour mark.
Cover image credit: 7News
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